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Tressi L. Cordaro

Principal
Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8300
F 703-483-8301
Tressi.Cordaro@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Tressi L. Cordaro is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

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December 21, 2016
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA Ruling on Recording Employee Injuries and Illnesses

December 21, 2016

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA rule stating employers have a continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness for five years in "OSHA rule stresses maintaining injury and illness records," published by Business Insurance.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

December 9, 2016
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Tressi Cordaro Comments on President-elect Donald Trump Selecting Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary

December 9, 2016

Tressi Cordaro comments on President-elect Donald Trump nominating fast food executive Puzder to head the Department of Labor in "Safety community reacts to Trump's pick for labor secretary," published by BLR. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 7, 2016
EHS Today

Tressi Cordaro Discusses the New Respirable Silica Rule

November 7, 2016

Tressi Cordaro discusses the new respirable silica rule and how it may impact the construction industry in "New Respirable Silica Rule Poses Problems for Construction Industry," published in EHS Today. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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February 8, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Announces Final Rule for Examination of Working Places in Metal, Nonmetal Mines

February 8, 2017

Examinations of working places should be conducted before miners begin work in those places and miners should be notified of hazardous conditions found during examinations, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced in a final rule amending existing standards to improve the quality of working place examinations in metal and... Read More

November 29, 2016

Record Low Number of Mining Deaths in Fiscal Year 2016, Mine Safety Agency Reports

November 29, 2016

Fiscal year 2016 saw a record low number of mining deaths, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has reported. The agency also continues to encourage the mining community “to reach zero mining deaths.” MSHA reported that in FY 2016, 24 miners died at the more than 13,000 mines in the country. This is the lowest number... Read More

November 16, 2016

OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Starts White House Review

November 16, 2016

The White House is reviewing a proposed worker safety rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that aims to expand the requirement on how long employers must maintain accurate records of worker injuries and illnesses. The White House Office of Management and Budget received a final rule on October 14, 2016, and its... Read More

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Austin, TX

BLR Safety Summit: Heat Stress - Comprehensive Planning Strategies for Preventing Heat Illness at Work

April 5, 2017 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM CST
701 E 11th St - Austin, TX

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Austin, TX

BLR Safety Summit: Safety Secrets for Managing the Temporary Workforce

April 5, 2017 - 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM CST
701 E 11th St - Austin, TX

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OSHA Releases “Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs”
January 23, 2017

Last week OSHA announced the release of its “Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliations Programs.”  The publication is “intended to assist employers in creating workplaces that are free of retaliation … This document is advisory in nature and informational in content.  It is not mandatory for employers, and does not interpret or create l Read More

OSHA Penalties Go Up…Yes, Again
January 18, 2017

In August 2016 we reported on the substantial increases to OSHA fines for violations of safety and health regulations as part of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74). Read More

Happy Holidays from OSHA…Recordkeeping Violations Continue for 5 Years
December 19, 2016

As a parting gift, OSHA has issued one of its last final rules for this administration, “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.” 81 Fed. Reg. 91792 (December 19, 2016). Read More